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DARRIEUX-1B - She's a fiend for roller-coasters. ber day she...
She's a fiend for roller-coasters. ber day she arrived in New York. The only thing she refuses to do is to appear for interviews before 1 1 o'clock in the morning. That's partly because she's getting to bed . around midnight now, for she and her writer-husband, Henri Decoin, are attending night-school at the movies. She wants to watch American players act, hear them talk, and see what American movie fans want. Her five-year contract at Universal (at a reputed total salary of a million dollars) calls for two pictures a year. She doesn't intend to go back home early and say that she or her English was misunderstood. Her studio intends for Mile. Darrieux to keep only enough Gallic accent to be interestingly foreign. MEANWHILE, the slim, hazcl-eyed French girl studies English and memorizes American slang, but for the present she and interviewers find it easier and speedier to use an interpreter. Mary Lee Martin, a studio employe who has been decorated by the French government for her excellence in translation work, is the go-between. She explains what is meant by "on the cuff," "washed up," "sound mixer," "da-a-arling," "Santa Claus" and such Americanisms. She also explains that Danielle Darrieux is K6Test pronounced Dahn-yell Dah-ree-yeu, and Decoin, Day-kwan. Mile. Darrieux, her husband and a plump Scottie named Flora are living in Anatole Litvak's huge house now. (In Paris, Litvak directed her most successful picture, "Mayer-ling.") In addition, there are a Swedish chauffeur, a Hungarian housekeeper who speaks six languages, including Tagalog but, paradoxically, no French, and a cook of indeterminate nationality who cooks in American. "Sweets jelly with the meats, like in Berlin," Mile. Darrieux said appreciatively. "Ahh, ,- " ' " -" eet is wonderful!" Practically everything American is wonderful or "cesl formidable" roller coasters, Charlie McCarthy, swing music, California weather, New York shoes, the 5 -and-10 stores, premieres. She was exposed to the first American custom back in her school days. She remembered it when Christmas was mentioned and "Santa Claus" had to be translated. "I know now," she exclaimed. "At school in Paris, there were two American girls. An when we put out our shoes for Noel, they bring out lo-o-ong stockings." She demonstrated. "Then so did we, because," she said practically, "we could get more in a stocking." , It was while she was in this scrfool, at 14, that her film career started. Daughter of a musician-doctor and a singer, she was studying the cello with serious aim at that time. But the cello was propped in a corner when she saw an advertisement for a young girl to play the leading role in a Vandal et Delac film, "La Bal." "No experience necessary" was enough for Mile. Darrieux. She got a screen test and the job. After that, the youngster played in films as fast as the producers could grind them out, and they ground exceeding fast. When she went to another studio, she got much better treatment a story written especially for her, for one thing. It was a hit. Soon she met M. Decoin who, with Henry Koster (later director of Universale Deanna Durbin), was co-author of one of her films. Courting was mostly in the form of midnight telephone arguments about roles and plots. Even their wedding trip was interrupted by a telegram from Charles Boyer, offering the part of Baroness Vetsera in his next picture, "Mayerling." Tliis was her first serious role the tragic, The French vote Danielle Dar rie u x's eyes the most beautiful in the world. It would seem, from these photos, that the French have overlooked other good features of the young lady. beautiful figure of Austrian history and the complete departure from comedy brought immediate success. "Mayerling" still is playing to crowded houses in Europe, though it was made two years ago, when she was 18. She played a woman lawyer in her next film, a Japanese after that, then decided to leave pictures for the legitimate stage. Her thoughtful husband opportunely had a play ready, "Dangerous Game," and you've guessed it she was just as much a hit. Twenty curtain calls and presentation to the royal box at the opening in Brussels before the Paris run. Danielle and her husband have been to a few high-hat night clubs. Their closest friends hers are the Charles Boyers, Fernand Gravets, Anatole Litvak and Henry Koster, who will direct her first American film, "The Rage of Paris." Where Mile. Darrieux really wants to go are to the big dance palaces "where I can (Copyright, 1937, by EveryWeek Magazlna)

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  1. The San Bernardino County Sun,
  2. 26 Dec 1937, Sun,
  3. Page 23

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